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Four Senate Amnesty Proposals Face Major Test

Posted on Friday, September 10, 2021
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Four amnesty proposals included in the Democrat’s $3.5 trillion budget bill faced a major test on Friday. The Senate parliamentarian held a formal hearing on 9/10 to discuss provisions in the $3.5 trillion budget bill that would provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.

The $3.5 trillion package would provide amnesty to four different groups of non-citizens: Illegals who were granted “Temporary Protected Status”, so-called “Dreamers” that were brought to the United States as children by their illegal parents, illegals who have been hired by farm companies, and illegals who were given jobs in sectors that the government deems “critical”. The current provisions would give a pathway to citizenship to over 4.4 million non-citizens. This is over 30% of the approximately 14.5 million illegal immigrants currently estimated to be in America. The total estimated cost of providing legal status to the above illegal immigrants is $107 billion.

The move comes as approximately 8.4 million Americans are currently unemployed. Furthermore, as Democrats attempt to legalize millions of non-citizens, record numbers of illegal immigrants continue to cross America’s southern border with Mexico each day. Since Joe Biden was inaugurated just eight months ago, over 1 million people have illegally crossed over America’s southern border. In July alone, at least 212,672 non-citizens illegally crossed into America, the most illegal border crossings in 21 years.

Democrats are attempting to pass their $3.5 trillion spending bill via budget reconciliation. Bills can only be considered for the budget reconciliation process if they impact federal spending or revenue. Bills processed under budget reconciliation must also adhere to a strict set of rules. The inclusion of amnesty for non-citizens in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package likely violates the Senate’s “Byrd rule”. According to the rule, “extraneous” provisions can not be included in budget reconciliation bills. According to Section 313 (b)(1) of the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974, a provision is considered extraneous if:

  1. “If such provision does not produce a change in outlays or revenue, including changes in outlays and revenues brought about by changes in the terms and conditions under which outlays are made or revenues are required to be collected.”
  2. “If the net effect of provisions reported by the Committee reporting the title containing the provision is that the Committee fails to achieve its reconciliation instructions.”
  3. If the provision “is not in the jurisdiction of the Committee with jurisdiction over said title or provision.”
  4. “If it produces changes in outlays or revenues which are merely incidental to the non-budgetary components of the provision.”
  5. “If it increases, or would increase, net outlays, or if it decreases, or would decrease, revenues during a fiscal year after the fiscal years covered by such reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution, and such increases or decreases are greater than outlay reductions or revenue increases resulting from other provisions in such title in such year.”
  6. If the provision “contains recommendations with respect to the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program established under title II of the Social Security Act.”

 

So far, opposition from Senate Republicans to the Democrats’ push for amnesty has been lackluster. This is largely due to many top GOP donors gushing over the idea of an influx of migrants that will provide them with cheaper labor and more taxpayer-subsidized consumers. Still, Republicans will have the opportunity to use the hearing with Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to voice their objections to extraneous Democrat proposals.

Senate parliamentarian MacDonough’s decision is critical. If MacDonough rules in favor of the Democrats and allows citizenship for millions of non-citizens to be included in the package, Democrats will be able to pass the bill with just 50 Senators and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris. If MacDonough rules that the amnesty provisions can not be included in the bill, it is likely to squash congressional Democrat efforts to supply amnesty to non-citizens in 2021.

It is currently unclear who the Senate parliamentarian will side with since MacDonough has recently blocked policy priorities from both parties from being included in reconciliation bills. In 2017, MacDonough blocked parts of a Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as part of reconciliation, despite the fact that Democrats in Congress used the reconciliation process to enact the law, to begin with. Additionally, MacDonough blocked Democrats from including a provision that would have increased the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 earlier this year.

Democrats are clearly violating the Byrd rule by attempting to extraneously provide citizenship to millions of non-citizens as part of a budget reconciliation bill. Hopefully, Senate parliamentarian MacDonough will make the right decision and block the Democrats from violating even more rules than they already have.

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Becky
Becky
2 years ago

Any ‘republican’ who supports this Treason against American citizens needs to be stripped of their citizenship and deported to Cuba or N Korea. Without ANY of their assets. Let THEM live as a Communist if they want it.

Kyle
Kyle
2 years ago

The Democrat motto: illegals first, Americans last.

Me
Me
2 years ago

IICE, DEMOCRATS and most Republicans have grievously thrown Americans’ that love our country to the dogs of illegal aliens. The police use to enforce illegal alien deportations by the thousands… shame on the mongrel politicians starting with the felonious biden, FBI, DOJ, SUPREME COURT and all of the conspirators that worked so hard to remove a valid president TRUMP.

Kathleen
Kathleen
2 years ago

McAulliffe totally bad choice for Virginia!Youngkin good choice for Virginia!Virginia definitely needs an election audit. Pretty positive Trump was our choice. Pretty sure the old fashioned democrats are now rethinking their choice. I hope so anyway. Do they not have children and grandchildren that they care enough about, that they too would like to have them enjoy a future of freedom, the right and blessing to have and love their babies (not cohersed to murder their off-spring being convinced by the lie that they are an inconvenience; when, infact, if they love and cherish and teach their children good values they could enjoy the best friend they could ever have). Let the boys become men and the girls become women. Be awakened to a sincere relationship with God and His precepts, instead of being indoctrinated with this idiotic WOKE curriculum McAuliffe is pushing and all the evil implications packed within it. Embrace the sound idea our country was/is established upon, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD (The ONE and ONLY God, who is the creator of heaven and earth and creator of life), INDIVISIBLE (united not divided), with LIBERTY (freedom from tyranny), and JUSTICE(The kind that upholds good and denounces evil) for ALL. We are AMERICA. We are AMERICANS. United we stand❣

Wayne Peterkin
Wayne Peterkin
2 years ago

We, my family and I, strongly oppose any amnesty at any time for anyone in the nation illegally. Respect our nation by following our immigration laws and we will welcome you. Break our laws and we want you deported. My legislators have heard this from us repeatedly and often.

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

It’s the standard ploy……stick some unrelated item into a bill as a rider or amendment with the idea that you can get it passed along with the original proposal, either by it being slipped in, or brought in by devious means. This is what pork legislation is all about. The political pressure comes when those who do not want the pork are shunned and shammed for not voting on the original proposal….making them the bad guys. I have never liked riders and amendments……the original proposal should stand alone, be examined, and discussed and voted on….if it fails, it fails , if it passes, it passes….on it’s own merits alone. If you want a law about amnesty, then propose one, stand alone…..if it fails, it fails, if it passes it passes….on it’s own merit. Of course you have the parliamentary game being played as well, mostly to the advantage of the one’s holding sway in the proceedures…mind you, both parties use this whenever they can, making a sham of the process and pushing agendas along the way. It’s been this way for so long, it has become “business as usual” for both groups. All politics. The band keeps on playing and they keep on dancing……as the movie line goes….”the old Potomac two step.”

Dragon#flower2021
Dragon#flower2021
2 years ago

We don’t need anymore illegals in this country. We don’t need the DACA’s that Obama allowed to stay and said that what he (Obama) did was illegal. Send them all back to whatever country they are from. We cannot afford to house, clothe, educate, and take care of them medically.

Rhonda M Holub
Rhonda M Holub
2 years ago

Suck gas, turn blue and burn DC sewer rats! Like Boy Biden said, ‘Our patience is wearing thin.’. The real people that voted in the coup d’état election in which you assembled the most extensive voter fraud organization in history, say Ditto. This time!

Becky
Becky
2 years ago

We don’t ‘need’ one more single illegal alien given Anything here.
And why is it the number here IS NOT KNOWN??
Could it be because the number is now closer to 60 to 80 million and no one wants to admit that??
Send them home. That is NOT here.

HocasPocas
HocasPocas
2 years ago

Demoncrats are all about breaking rules, laws and trampling constitution and bill of rights.

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